Minors’ future bleak in DRC warfare

drc-choleraFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – AT least 400 000 children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition amid the deteriorating security conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The insecurity is most severe in the Kasai region where militia are fighting government forces following the killing of a tribal leader.
Marie-Pierre Poirier, United Nations Children’s Fund’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, said children were among the most vulnerable in the country.
“They now they face a looming crisis if access to basic services is not restored quickly,” said, Poirier.
“Without adequate health care, without access to food and clean water, the lives of hundreds of thousands of children are at risk.”
Across the five provinces of Greater Kasai, critical health infrastructures are no longer operational due to the conflict.
In Central Kasai Province alone, more than one-third of health centers have been forced to close following looting, due to security concerns for staff or lack of medical supplies, depriving children of vital services and medicine.
Supplies of food and basic necessities are dwindling, and displacement has forced families to live in conditions with inadequate hygiene or sanitation.
The Kasai Provinces were among the poorest in the country. More than one in ten children die before the age of five due to lack of adequate health care. Half the children suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting.
Unicef needs over $40 million for the emergency response in Greater Kasai.
CAJ News

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